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Cajun Code Fest 3.0 Announces Exceptional 2014 Speaker Line Up

Cajun Code Fest 3.0 Announces Exceptional 2014 Speaker Line Up  

The 3rd annual health care code-a-thon attracts attendees from around the world for innovative ideas and a piece of Cajun culture

April 8, 2014 (Lafayette, La.) – Cajun Code Fest, Lafayette’s premiere health IT code-a-thon, announces its outstanding keynote line up of accomplished and achieved leaders in health care and technology industries. Beginning on April 23-26, the third annual fest kicks off in conjunction with Festival Internationale de Louisiane and is expected to draw over 400 students, programmers, software developers, designers and engineers, educators, healthcare professionals, marketing and business strategists and entrepreneurs from all over the world to participate in the event, hosted by the Center for Business & Information Technologies (CBIT) at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

"Lafayette General Health has been a leading sponsor of this event for all three years because we believe in health care innovation and new technology," said David Callecod, president and CEO of Lafayette General Health System. "Cajun Code Fest is an opportunity to pull together innovative people that will generate better health care solutions for today and tomorrow. This is a great opportunity to tell the terrific story of Lafayette's quest to become a living lab for next generation health IT."

This year, the line-up consists of esteemed leaders in the healthcare and technology industry alike that will inspire and emboldened participants to create solutions that impact health care. These speakers include Bryan Sivak, chief technology officer, U.S. Health & Human Services; Kathy Kliebert, secretary, Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals; Jeff Makowka, senior strategic advisor on thought leadership, AARP; Cindy Munn, CEO, Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum; Fred Trotter, data journalist, Doc Graph Journal and Lizheng Shi, Regents associate professor, Department of Global Health Systems and Development, Tulane University.

Code-a-thon judges will be looking for solutions for “Aging in Place” -  maintaining quality of life as patients grow older and want to live at home. A sub-theme to the event will include the “Internet of Things” (IOT), specifically how uniquely identifiable objects and their virtual representations can help people “Age in Place.”

In addition to the grand prize that will be awarded to the winning team, winners will get the opportunity to pitch their idea at The Vault event, part of Innov8 Lafayette, which hosts investors looking for new products and ideas. Other awards include public relations and social media marketing consultations and strategy from AR|PR, and awards for the best use of Esri software, the best use of Medicare data and the best student team.

Upon registration, attendees are automatically registered to attend Cajun Code Fest Crawfish boil, which takes place the second night of the event on Thursday, April 24 at 5:30 p.m.

"We are grateful for our all of the support we receive from the community, especially the university and our sponsors, including Lafayette General Health, Esri, CBIT and Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals who are helping us continue connecting attendees with technology and health care thought leaders from around the world," said Cian Robinson, associate director of CBIT. "As home to CBIT, a recognized leader in technology-based economic development in the state of Louisiana, Lafayette is the perfect place for Louisiana’s leading health care code-a-thon.” 

Registration is free but space is limited. Please click here to register.

ABOUT CAJUN CODE FEST

The CajunCodeFest is the signature event for the Center for Business & Information Technologies (CBIT) at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL Lafayette). CBIT focuses its research, development and technology transfer activities on fostering technology-driven innovations in a wide range of application domains including healthcare, education, economic and workforce development. The Center provides a collaborative entrepreneurial environment where UL Lafayette, other universities, the State, and the business community can come together to innovate, create value and make Louisiana and the US a better place to live, work and do business. For more information on Cajun Code Fest visit www.cajuncodefest.org, or follow @CajunCodeFest and search #CCF3 on Twitter.

Media Contact

Blair Broussard | AR|PR on behalf of Cajun Code Fest | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 337.349.2743 or 504.208.2655

CajunCodeFest Hacked!

CajunCodeFest Hacked! *Change* Rescheduled for Thursday, April 10!

5:30pm-7:00pm

Center for Business & Information Technologies, Abdalla Hall, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Join Bob Miller of team Old Schoolers as he shares the strategy and tactics he uses to consistently perform in Codefest events.  Bob has over 20 years experience in software development, start-ups, and being just plain sneaky.  Bob will show you what you need to think about when it comes to team composition, skill sets, pre-work and execution on the day of the event.  As Team Old Schoolers will again be competing this year, Bob wants you to know as much as possible to make the event not only fun to participate in, but to help you gain some skills you may not have in the process.  This year marks the third year that Team Oldschoolers will compete in Cajun Codefest.  Bob and his team have won the Entrepreneurial Award for "Project most likely to go to market." for two consecutive years.

 

Cian Robinson talks CajunCodefest on Good Morning Acadiana

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette presents the Cajun CodeFest 3.0. This innovative festival will open at 5:30 p.m. on April 23, and will continue until April 25, 2014. The University's Research Park, on Cajundome Blvd, will host CajunCodeFest 3.0. This is a healthcare software solutions competition. Students and professionals from software developers, architects, health care professionals, business strategists, etc. are invited to join teams and work together to find innovative solutions related to healthcare. The theme for this year is "Aging in Place". There will be cash prizes offered to those who compete, and CajunCodeFest has partnered with the Louisiana chapter of HIMSS to host their spring conference with top leaders in health!

Video - http://www.katc.com/news/cajun-code-fest-3-0/

For more info call: 337-482-0615

UL Lafayette's CajunCodeFest 3.0 to center on 'Aging in Place (KLFY)

UL Lafayette's CajunCodeFest 3.0 to center on 'Aging in Place'

Updated: Feb 04, 2014 12:44 PM CST
By Devin Bayliss - email

More on KLFY.com

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is seeking innovative thinkers and programmers to take part in CajunCodeFest 3.0.

Undergraduate and graduate students, programmers, software developers, designers and engineers, educators, healthcare professionals, marketing and business strategists, and entrepreneurs are invited to participate.

This is the third consecutive year that the University's Center for Business and Information Technology will hold the event.

CajunCodeFest 3.0 is set for April 23-25 at the Cecil J. Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning in University Research Park.

It will feature a 27-hour coding competition to develop health care solutions, networking, and speakers who will discuss the latest issues in health care technology.

The theme will be "Aging in Place."

For the coding marathon, teams of no more than six members will be tasked with building new tools to create solutions for people who want to live at home as they grow older.

Individuals who want to join a team should attend a team-building session on April 23.

Cash and prizes will be awarded to winners in several categories. Last year, six winning teams earned cash and prizes valued at $52,000. That included a grand prize of $25,000.

Registration is free, but required of all participants. And, space is limited.

To register, visit www.cajuncodefest.org

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call (337) 482-0627.

- See more at: http://cbit.louisiana.edu/news-events/news/20140219/ul-lafayettes-cajuncodefest-30-center-aging-place-klfy#sthash.Q6HHLmQM.dpuf

Third Consecutive CajunCodeFest Invites Innovators to Health Care Coding Challenge (Silicon Bayou News)

For the third consecutive year, the code-a-thon known as CajunCodeFest (April 23-25), a signature event for the Center for Business & Information Technologies (CBIT) at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL Lafayette), will bring innovators together to build something meaningful.

Using any framework or platform that teams choose, they will be put to the 27-hour health care coding test aimed at developing health care solutions.

CajunCodeFest 3.0 judges will be looking for solutions that encourage individuals to “Age in Place” to maintain quality of life as patients grow older and want to live at home. A sub-theme to the event will include the “Internet of Things” (IOT), specifically how uniquely identifiable objects and their virtual representations can help people “Age in Place”.

Undergraduate and graduate students, programmers, software developers, designers and engineers, educators, healthcare professionals, marketing and business strategists, and entrepreneurs are invited to participate.

Currently confirmed speakers include: Bryan Sivak, Chief Technology Officer, US Health and Human Services; Kathy Kliebert, Secretary, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals; and Jody Holtzman, Senior Vice President, Thought Leadership, AARP.

$25,000 will be awarded to the winning team to turn their innovative idea– whether it be an app, software, device, etc.– into reality. Best Student Team solution will also win a prize. Other prizes will be announced as the competition gets closer.

Registration is free but required and space is limited. Visit www.cajuncodefest.org to register and find out more information.

- See more at: http://cbit.louisiana.edu/news-events/news/20140219/third-consecutive-cajuncodefest-invites-innovators-health-care-coding#sthash.5YncOkDe.dpuf

CajunCodeFest garners Innov8 education award

UL Lafayette’s inaugural health care coding competition received an Innov8 2013 Award in the education category.

Four awards were presented Monday night at the Acadiana Center for the Arts as part of Innov8 Lafayette, an eight-day festival that showcases Lafayette’s entrepreneurial culture and economic viability.

Innov8 is an initiative of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. It began April 19 and continues through Friday.

Awards were given for the top innovations in Acadiana in four categories: nonprofit, business, education and medical.

The awards ceremony featured a short video presentation about the projects of each group.

Displays by the honorees were available for viewing before and after the ceremony in the lobby of the Acadiana Center for the Arts.

Winners of the Innov8 2013 Awards include:

• Nonprofit: Evangeline Area Boy Scouts for the Atchafalaya High Adventure Swamp Base project. The scouts will convert several acres of Atchafalaya Basin into an adventure base.


• Business: McBraun Industries for the BluDri Product Line. The home solution product absorbs residual moisture in washing machines.


• Education: UL Lafayette Center for Business Information and Technologies for Cajun Code Fest at Innov8 2012. The two-day competition focuses on transforming data into health care solutions.


• Medical: Lafayette General Medical Center for the Telemedicine Clinic at Stuller, Inc.The first telemedicine clinic in Acadiana was established in May 2012 at Stuller Inc.

For more information, visit innov8lafayette.com.

- See more at: http://cbit.louisiana.edu/news-events/news/20140219/cajuncodefest-garners-innov8-education-award#sthash.O2NkQit6.dpuf

Public Health Informatics Takes Center Stage (Healthcare Informatics)

Public Health Informatics Virtual Event presentations include an HIE simulation in Texas and a tool that tracks disease reporting using social media
The three-day Public Health Informatics Virtual Event kicked off Tuesday, Jan. 7, with a handful of interesting presentations ranging from ICD-10’s impact on public health to syndromic surveillance and meaningful use.

In the first presentation, Lucas Tramontozzi, the former chief technology officer for the State of Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals, talked about efforts under way in Louisiana to open up data to fuel the creation of innovative applications. (Tramontozzi recently took a position as vice president of data strategy for SCI Solutions.)

The Blue Button effort was an important first step, he said. But there is more work to do to put patients in the center of their care by making it more relevant, fun, and thought provoking. Public health officials alone can’t improve health, he said. Patients have to take their health into their own hands and technology is central to that effort. Louisiana has launched what it calls the Cajun Code Fest, an annual event to bring innovative companies and students together with de-identified data from the state data warehouse. With help from a company called Privacy Analytics, the state de-identified data on 200,000 Medicaid patients and 30,000 providers for more than 200 coders to work with. The winners of the 2012 event came up with an application that uses social networking to help physicians and families create a support team for medication and care plan adherence. (CajunCodeFest 3.0 will be April 23-25, 2014, at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.)

Researchers from the University of Texas described their efforts to create a health information exchange simulation laboratory, including immunization reporting. It involves software from several HIE and EHR vendors.

Leanne Field, director of public health in the Medical Laboratory Sciences and Health IT programs at UT-Austin, said the HIE lab is helping students gain familiarity with workflow processes and the familiarity would help them redesign public health informatics practices. This lab affords opportunity for public health practice, with meaningful use Stage 2 published objectives such as transferring immunization records to a registry and sending cancer surveillance data through an HIE to a cancer registry. The lab also is working on applied research with vendor Jericho Systems on patient consent models for sensitive health data.

Catherine Ordun, an associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, described an application under development that seeks to use social media sources such as Twitter to augment traditional reporting on outbreaks of disease and food-borne illnesses. “This could augment the information toolbox you might be using to better allocate personnel and resources,” she said, “and forecast who else might be affected.”

The tool, Open Source Health Intelligence (OSHINT), tracks tweets about salmonella and E. coli chatter to see if the additional information could speed up or pinpoint severity or sources of outbreaks. OSHINT was able to capture local news headline references before CDC could gather and broadcast that information, she said, adding that more research needs to be done on how the tool could be put to the best use.

Sessions on Jan. 8 include “Assessing the Status & Prospects of State & Local Health Department Information Technology Infrastructure” and “Use of a Health Information Exchange Saves Time During Disease Investigations.” Check back tomorrow for updates.

- See more at: http://cbit.louisiana.edu/news-events/news/20140219/public-health-informatics-takes-center-stage-healthcare-informatics#sthash.Q12t81lI.dpuf

UL will host 3rd annual CajunCodeFest to benefit aging in place (KADN)

LAFAYETTE (KADN) — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is holding its third annual computer coding marathon called CajunCodeFest 3.0.

The University says the theme for this year’s competition is “Aging in Place,” with the goal of developing solutions for people who want to live at home as they grow older.

CajunCodeFest 3.0 will feature a 27-hour long coding competition, networking opportunities, and a discussion about current issues in health care technology.

Cash and prizes will be awarded to winners in several categories, including a grand prize of $25,000.

Teams with a maximum of six members will compete. Those interested in joining a team should attend the team-building session on April 23.

CajunCodeFest 3.0 is scheduled for April 23-25 at the Cecil J. Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning in University Research Park.

All participants are required to register, however registration is free. Space is limited, so participants are encouraged to register early.

The event is open to undergraduate and graduate students, programmers, software developers, designers and engineers, educators, healthcare professionals, marketing and business strategists, and entrepreneurs.

Participants can register at www.cajuncodefest.org. More information is available by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or calling (337) 482-0627.

- See more at: http://cbit.louisiana.edu/news-events/news/20140219/ul-will-host-3rd-annual-cajuncodefest-benefit-aging-place-kadn#sthash.5Urgz54k.dpuf

Hackathons: Unlocking the Code ( Clinical Innovation + Technology)

Team BreakFix was awarded $25,000 at CajunCodeFest, which took place at University of Louisiana at Lafayette in April 2013. (L-R) Bryan Sivak, CTO, HHS, Stacy Crochet, Bill Fentsermaker, Monica Suire, Amy Hanchey, Teri Leblanc, William Zhang, Michael Venable, Trent Poche, Clay Allen.

“Out of the box” innovation may very well emerge from hackathons, or code-a-thons—short-term competitions in which interdisciplinary teams of engineers, clinicians and business experts are tasked with developing apps and devices that will change health and healthcare.

Hackathons are popping up everywhere—some are sponsored by government entities like the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the White House—while others are emerging from the academic or industry scene. To get a glimpse of what’s on the horizon in healthcare innovation, we profiled four winners of recent hackathons:

CajunCodeFest 2013: Elixr (Team BreakFix)
The Innovation: Elixr is a web- and mobile-based app aimed at promoting medication adherence. The physician creates a profile and enters treatment plan information and the patient inputs who is on the care team—which includes both clinicians and family members. The app notifies the patient when it’s time to take a medication, and the individual must acknowledge it was taken. It continues to prompt the patient every five to 10 minutes until acknowledged, and if there is no acknowledgement it notifies the care team and physician.

“One of the things we sold this on is that it builds rapport with patients. It makes patients feel someone cares for them and makes them want to be more accountable,” says team member Monica Suire, who works as a project manager at Schumacher Group in Lafayette, La.—where all the BreakFix team members work.

Other features of the innovation: Pharmacies are notified if a prescription is unfilled.

The app also allows for the storage of a family’s immunization history and triggers notifications for immunizations.

The innovation is especially cutting edge because it utilizes near-field communication technology, meaning that a user can bump a sensor on the pill bottle to a mobile device. The medication, dosage and time are logged on the back end, thus the entire history of adherence is recorded for viewing and analysis.

But Team BreakFix also realized that patients could trick the device into believing adherence took place when it hadn’t, thus it also captures data on response time post-notification. “If response time is repeatedly within a few seconds, obviously you want to question it.” Also, if a patient is repeatedly silencing an acknowledgement, those data are captured. “All of these behavioral patterns we can analyze and trend,” says Suire.

Suire says this technology enables better negotiation with payers, as patients can prove they are adherent. “Pharma companies want this information, too,” she says.

Thoughts on the experience: “The one thing that surprised me is that, even with the insanity, [the hackathon] was a calm, quiet environment. It’s an opportunity to truly put innovation and creative skills to the test and see what you can come up with. We literally did everything in a 27-hour period. I honestly don’t think it would have been as successful even if it took place over two years,” says Suire, adding that she would do it again.

Future Plans: “Our team has changed structure since the competition and we are working to get our feet off the ground, further develop our product and hopefully catch the attention of interested venture capitalists,” says Suire. The group has looked at intellectual property and copyright matters and is conducting preliminary research on its marketability.

- See more at: http://cbit.louisiana.edu/news-events/news/20140219/hackathons-unlocking-code-clinical-innovation-technology#sthash.eXNgXpyr.dpuf

My Awesome Cajun Code Fest Experience (And What It Means For Clinical Research)

At 8am on Friday morning, I anxiously sat around a table with a group of people I had just met. I'd be spending the next 48 hours with them, and I had no idea what to expect.

The event would be unlike anything I'd ever experienced. But I knew one thing. It would be extremely rewarding. And I was very excited about finding out what the next 48 hours held.

Innovative Tech Solutions to Healthcare Challenges

My team members and I were participating in Cajun Code Fest in Lafayette, LA (and my hometown). Cajun Code Fest was an event bringing people and data together to solve a healthcare challenge, and the theme was childhood obesity.

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CajunCodeFest is an annual coding competition open to all students and professionals with knowledge in software development or technology innovation. In 2017, teams will have 24+ hours to develop a Smart Communities application with civic data provided by Lafayette Consolidated Government.

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